Vodka Lemon Sorbet

Vodka Lemon Sorbet
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 5 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
287 Calories
0g Fat
61g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 287
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sorbets are a great way to cool down in the summer. This particular sorbet has a zesty lemon flavor and is spiked with vodka, so it is even more interesting. While they are more time consuming than blended drinks, they are worth every minute of your time. Serve it as a light, chilled dessert for brunch or lunch or enjoy its fabulous palate cleanser capability between courses at a dinner party.

A premium brand of vodka will simply taste much better in this sorbet. This recipe is from Blue Ice American Vodka, so it is the recommended in this case.

For the flavor, lemon zest is infused into a simple syrup, then freshly squeezed lemon juice and vodka are added and the sorbet is frozen. If you have an ice cream freezer, you can use it to make the sorbet. If not, you will see the alternative instructions for making it in your freezer, with the help of a food processor or blender.


  • For Lemon Syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (grated, zest of 1 lemon)
  • For the Sorbet:
  • 1/2 cup vodka (Blue Ice American Vodka)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
  • Garnish: lemon wedges

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, the sorbet is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Lemon Syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Add the lemon zest and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

  3. Place a fine strainer over a large bowl and pour the syrup mixture through to strain out any zest.

Make the Sorbet

  1. Add the lemon juice and vodka to the strained syrup mixture. Stir until thoroughly blended.

  2. Transfer the mixture to ice cream maker, then process according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Scoop or pour the vodka lemon sorbet into chilled cocktail glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Have spoons available for your guests.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • No ice cream maker? Pour the mixture into a container, cover and place it in the freezer. When it is semi-solid, mash it up with a fork and refreeze again. Once frozen, place it in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Cover and refreeze until ready to serve.
  • You will need the zest from the lemon to give the sorbet the best lemon flavor. A fine grater or a zester works best. If you don't have one of those tools, you could use a vegetable peeler to get strips of zest, then use a chef's knife to finely mince it.
  • You will get more lemon juice from a lemon if it is at room temperature before squeezing.

Recipe Variations

  • Ramp up the flavor with a citrus vodka rather than an unflavored one. Most citrus vodkas are blends of fruits though you will find options with lemon, orange, and grapefruit alone. Any are good options for the sorbet.
  • Use 1 cup of limoncello and make 2 cups of plain syrup (1 cup sugar and 2 cups of water) as a substitute for the lemon syrup. Make the unflavored syrup, then add the limoncello with the vodka. You may have to freeze the sorbet longer due to the extra alcohol, though this will depend on the strength of your limoncello.
  • Alternatively, drizzle limoncello on top of the sorbet when garnishing.

How Strong Is a Vodka Lemon Sorbet?

The sorbet is going to be very light on the alcohol. When made with 80-proof vodka, it should fall somewhere around 5 percent ABV (10 proof). That's similar to a beer, but the sorbet is far more delicious!

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